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Wildlife in the Garden: Noisy Miner in Sydney

Noisy Miner in a gum tree

Noisy Miner looking for food in a gum tree

For wildlife in a garden, this week I have some Noisy Miners. According to Wikipedia, these honeyeaters are endemic to eastern and south-eastern Australia. Once you’ve encountered a few, it’s clear why are they called ‘noisy’ (!), but I’ve never figured out the miner part. “Foraging in the canopy of trees and on trunks and branches and on the ground, the noisy miner mainly eats nectar, fruit and insects. Most time is spent gleaning the foliage of eucalypts, and it can meet most of its nutritional needs from manna, honeydew and lerp gathered from the foliage.”

These ones are busy “gleaning” in the gum trees that grow in the communal garden area of an apartment building I used to live in.

Noisy Miner in a gum tree

He’s got his eye on something!

Noisy Miner in a gum tree

You can almost hear him, can’t you?

They also like hibiscus flowers! This is not a great quality photo (so-so camera, through a window, bright light behind and shadow in front) but you can see the bird stretching to get deep inside the flowers. I’d been puzzled for some time why some of the branches and flower stems were broken — until I caught this guy in action!

Noisy Miner in a hibiscus plant

Here’s one foraging in the hibiscus plant on my balcony a few years ago.


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9 thoughts on “Wildlife in the Garden: Noisy Miner in Sydney

  1. Funny. I always thought they were mynahs! Like the Indian ones! And I thought they were a kind of starling not honeyeaters. Perhaps yours are called Miners to distinguish them from the invading species! Lovely shots Kaz.

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    • I used to live in an apartment building where the rainbow lorikeets perched on balcony railings. Now I like lories very much, but, like all birds, they do tend to leave, shall we say, unwelcome mementoes splattered about. So I took to zapping them with a targeted stream of water from a spray bottle. The expression on the first bird’s face was pure, unadulterated outrage. I’ve often wished I’d photographed that bird.

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